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Usability Test Assertions

Test Assertions for VVSG 1.0 Section 3

Section 3 of the VVSG 1.0 contains requirements for usability and accessibility. NIST has completed a draft set of test assertions for the usability requirements of Section 3. The accessibility requirements of Section 3 are currently under development by NIST.

Test assertions are measurable expressions that must be tested in order to evaluate conformance of an implementation (in this case a voting system) to a requirement. The goal of creating these test assertions is to make clear, to Testing Laboratories and manufacturers of voting systems, exactly what conditions of each requirement in the VVSG need to be tested in order to be certified by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Different Testing Laboratories, using this set of test assertions, should arrive at the same pass/fail results for each requirement in the VVSG, thus helping ensure uniformity in testing among Testing Laboratories. These test assertions were developed by NIST and distributed to EAC and Testing Laboratories for their comments. This version of Test Assertions has incorporated all applicable Laboratory and EAC comments.

A complete version of the VVSG 1.0 can be found at


Please send comments on the test suites to by May 30, 2014. You may provide comments directly in your email and/or provide comments by using Track Changes of MS-Word.

Test Assertions for VVSG 1.0, section 3, subsections:

3.1.1 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download  

3.1.2 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download

3.1.3 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download

3.1.4 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download

3.1.5 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download

3.1.6 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download

3.1.7 | tabular format | text format | MS Word download



Created April 30, 2014, Updated November 15, 2019